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Quilty365 – November

365 circles: an improv patchwork and quilting project. making a circle a day. Black floral circke on a iced background (some recycled clothes). © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Making a Circle Quilt One Day at a Time
Quilty 365 logo - a daily patchwork quilt along with Quilty Folk.

Quilty 365 is a sew-along hosted by Audrey at Quilty Folk.  The idea is to make a circle quilt by sewing one circle a day over the coming year. I joined in on the 8th November 2015.

At the end of Quilty 365 we’ll have enough blocks to make a fairly large circle quilt. It’s such a simple idea that gives you the flexibility to make the quilt the way you want. It does’t matter what skill level you’re at (Audrey has some instructions and sizes on her site if you need them) or how much time you can devote to it. The more time you have the more complicated you can make it. It’s as simple as that. Some of us are stitching a straight forward circle onto a square, others have pieced backs and/or pieced circles. Some quilters have even dispensed with the idea of a circle quilt altogether and are stitching a heart or leaf motif instead (they’re really fun!).

There’s going to be a wonderful and eclectic array of quilts come the end of 2016 and Audrey hosts a regular Quilty 365 link up where you can follow along. If you want to join in too you can hop on board anytime you like.

Hooked

I thought making a circle quilt was going to be a straight forward daily ritual.  Little did I realise I’d become so hooked.  Most of my blocks could be made into a mini quilt in its own right (a very mini mini quilt!). This was never my intention, but I realised I could explore the possibilities of creating an art project. A language in stitch seemed to form after the first few weeks: I recognised that I expressed particular trains of thought in similar ways and began to use them repeatedly, mindfully. What am I on about?! You might well ask…

I’ve always been interested in what makes a person the way they are. Themes that keep popping up are about layers, what’s on the surface and what’s underneath. I think about the fragile way we seem to be held together, the patches of mending, the darning. There are the seams too, some are like visible cracks, others are more stable. And the circle itself: sometimes its whole and other times it’s divided.

I have no plans. Every day is different: different colours, different moods, different sizes, different stitches. We’ll see what happens. One thing I am sure about is that I won’t be piecing the blocks together in chronological order. It’s important to me to get the best composition I can, rather than create a diary-like circle quilt. The photographic galleries show a single block in chronological order instead. One circle a day.

 

Galleries by Month

November 2015

The thumbnails can be viewed at a larger scale by clicking on any image to open a carousel. See the index below for further galleries.

Index to More Quilty365 Galleries

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Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aha…I finished it up yesterday! It’s not a reworking, but something I made using the main floral fabric – I hope to get a photo for the gallery soon, and knowing me it’ll feature in a blog post soon too! 🙂

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